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Pabitra Mukhopadhyay


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What is your poetry?

Poetry communicates what nothing other than poetry can. We all have those unspoken stories, the resounding silence and the brilliance of darkness that defy the structures of prose. Some of us can have poetry to speak for us, like Suheir does. Some of us do not have it and read it to know that someone else has spoken for us.

Leonard Cohen said, 'Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.'

How well is your life burning? How much ash did it gather? What is your poetry?

Dedicated to my TED friend Jim Moonan.


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    Jun 10 2013: 75 watts gives something alive to the electric plant
    It brings the seed from sea to surface
    It is turned on and plugged into by me the finger
    Who listens to the electric lights
    Scream round the world
    From the highest Tibet to the lowest see

    & I am it's radio wave & it's receiver
    And receptor to be touched
    I am it's battery, but not it's source
    I am the guide but not it's direction
    I am the cord. the socket, the sprinkler,
    Servant and tender of roots
    I am the bystander to the reflex
    The speed of sight and light and life
    I am the impulse in the daily alive
    The breathing exchange reminding
    You, I ,We are in search of green skies
    The Global Pond. X and Y.

    & I think of you as the storyteller
    That branch the essence
    You are my plant my tree
    my earth I love you.

    Copyright ã 2000 by Meghan E G

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